Dental crowns are versatile restorative treatments that can save or protect your natural teeth. Custom crowns are among the services available from James Brunson, DDS, Golnaz Naghdi, DDS, and Jennifer Holman, RDH, of Hometown Dental in Yukon, Oklahoma. To learn more about crowns and how they can improve your dental health, call the office today to schedule a visit, or book using the easy online tool.
A dental crown acts as a kind of cover or “cap” for an individual tooth. A crown covers all visible portions of the tooth, including the backside and biting surface.
Dental crowns can serve many different functions, and they’re a great way to protect and strengthen your smile while also preserving your natural tooth tissue. Some of the issues a dental crown can address include teeth that are:
Crowns are also used to cover a tooth after a root canal, to anchor a dental bridge, and as the visible portion of a dental implant.
During the planning stage, your practitioner gathers X-rays or digital images to learn more about your tooth and bone structure. If a dental crown is the right treatment option, the next step is to remove a small portion of your natural tooth tissue to make room for the crown.
A set of physical or digital impressions is made to guide the fabrication process. The dental lab uses this information to craft a crown that perfectly matches the size, alignment, shape, and color of your surrounding natural teeth.
A temporary crown is cemented into place to protect the tooth until the permanent crown arrives. At that point you’ll return to have the crown checked for fit and cemented into position, completing the restoration.
Once in place, your crown will function much like your surrounding natural teeth, with the exception that it cannot decay. Maintaining a solid dental hygiene routine is still important, however, to ensure that surrounding teeth and gums are not subject to decay or disease.
Brush and floss your crown daily, and avoid placing stress on the crown by biting down on hard objects or using your teeth to hold or pry things. Your practitioner will check your crown during each routine dental exam at Hometown Dental and can make adjustments or repairs as needed. If the crown is dislodged or broken, it can be replaced with a new crown.
If you have questions or concerns about dental crowns, call the office today to set up a visit. Online booking is also an option and can be done from the comfort of home, any time of day or night.